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Gigantic China’s Wings photo gallery

Classic aviation photos of flying in China in the 1930s and 1940s pertaining to the China National Aviation Corporation, a Chinese-American civil aviation partnership that flew and fought in China Continue reading

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The Loening Air Yacht, a photo gallery of the plane in China

A photo gallery of the Loening Air Yacht in China in the 1930s, where it served with the China National Aviation Corporation Continue reading

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CNAC and the Consolidated Commodore

CNAC desperately needed airplanes in late 1937, and Bond tipped Colonel Lam to the existence of two Pan Am Commodores languishing in Manila. Beginning in early 1938, CNAC used the Commodores to good effect plying the Yangtze above Hankow. Continue reading

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the engine coughed, sputtered twice, and died

Moon Chin makes a forced landing in a Loening Air Yacht Continue reading

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Only three things seemed able to hold his interest…

Chuck Sharp is another of the CNAC stalwarts I’d like to introduce. He made his own way to China in 1933 and caught on with CNAC because his 1,000 hours of flight time wasn’t enough to land him a job … Continue reading

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Hugh Leslie Woods and a favor for the U.S. Navy

Woody swallowed his irritation and agreed. Back in Hankow, an errand boy delivered a wrapped package to Woody’s apartment, and, as promised, it was only six or eight inches square, and it weighed about a pound. Woody flew the package to Chungking as “pidgin cargo” without disturbing the wrapping. Continue reading

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William Langhorne Bond

Introducing William Langhorne Bond, main character in China’s Wings. Continue reading

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The Chungking Airport, probably in 1938

Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport, probably in 1938, which had the feel of a frontier colony. Because it was built on a Yangtze sandbar, all the buildings on the island were temporary, so they could be moved uphill and inland on short … Continue reading

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CNAC luggage label, early 1930s

A colorful CNAC luggage label from the early 1930s.

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The Loening Air Yacht, early 1930s

The most useful commercial airplane in China in 1931 Continue reading

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